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  • The HEART Trust /NTA is a special institution, on which generations of persons depend for training, and companies rely on for competent workers.
  • The Minister said Jamaica’s productivity depends greatly on the success of the HEART Trust/NTA.
  • The award is “tangible proof of the significant contribution that the HEART Trust has made to our nation."

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the HEART Trust /NTA is a special institution, on which generations of persons depend for training, and companies rely on for competent workers.

Speaking on December 4 at the agency’s offices in Kingston, where attainment of the Jamaica Observer Business Leader 2013 award was celebrated, the Minister said Jamaica’s productivity depends greatly on the success of the HEART Trust/NTA.

“Generations of young people in Jamaica, older ones as well, rely for their increment in productivity – so essential to the Jamaican workforce – on how successful the HEART Trust/NTA is. They are the main participant in the task of industrial training. No longer will there be any turning away of those who knock on the doors of HEART, who have not achieved the necessary entry standard,” the Minister said.

“They will be received, and in consultation and partnership with other agencies, they will be brought to a level where their hope for a skill will be achieved. By 2017, HEART must help the entire education sector to achieve the objective, that no young person will leave a Jamaican school at whatever grade, without one marketable skill,” he added.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of HEART, Dr. Wayne Wesley, said the award is “tangible proof of the significant contribution that the HEART Trust has made to our nation. The scope and impact of that contribution is indisputable. This award is a testament to hard work, tenacity and dedication.”

For his part, Chairman of the Board, Dr. Moses Peart, noted that the “award has a subtitle – ‘friend of the private sector’ – which we should not ignore.”

“We enable a lot of their work, and they are looking to us for that continued relationship, and every Jamaican has the right to look to us for continuing to hold up this reputation of business leader, friend of the private sector, and all Jamaicans,” he added.

The award is in its 17th year, and public sector companies that have been making growth contribution to the private sector were recognised. Other nominees included the Port Authority of Jamaica, the EXIM Bank, the Development Bank of Jamaica, JAMPRO, the Jamaica Tourist Board, and the National Housing Trust.